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Philip Obaza
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Posted: 05 September 2018 at 5:00pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/09/05/superman-the-movie-40th- anniversary-theaters/

Great news for anyone who never got to see the film theatrically.

Fandango currently lists the run time as 2 hrs, 35 min, which means it's 
likely the 2001 extended version of the film, which isn't so great.

Was lucky to see a screening of the unaltered theatrical cut a few years 
back at the Arclight in Hollywood - still holds up well, despite its age.

Hard to believe it's been *40* years!


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Yes!!!

One of my last "holy grails" of '70s classics that I never caught on the big screen, when I was a kid (the other I still need to see is the original ALIEN--hopefully next summer!).

I'll be there for sure.



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If it's playing in my area, there is no way I am missing it!
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Can't wait to take my two kids, ages 10 and 8, to see this on the big screen--just like my dad took me when I was their age in '78!
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Yes, please. Never seen it in the theater. This needs to happen.


My only questions would be “Which version?” and “Which sound mix?”
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My only questions would be “Which version?” and “Which sound mix?”
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As mentioned, the run time on Fandango would suggest the 2001 cut and mix -
it's certainly been exhibited in this format before in Los Angeles.

However, it seems that more recent screenings have been the theatrical cut
and mix. I wouldn't trust the Fandango info just yet.
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I have seen the first two movies 2 or 3 years ago on the big screen in Paris (original cuts). I "hope" to be able to see the 3rd one theatrically someday.
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This date can’t be right. I was 28 when the movie came out, and now I’m...

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Mr. Byrne - but you're still cute and adorable, and you'll likely outlive all of us! Shucks, Odin prob'ly has a mansion in Asgard right next to Kirby's all set for you when you're ready.

I was tremendously excited when this came out, and then twice as much so when I saw it back in the day - I LOVED this movie. Even went to the effort of memorizing "neanderthal, nincompoop, nitwit" - 'cause they were in alphabetical order! That Luthor... he really is a genius.

One might hope a portion of the profits might go to a charity that Chris Reeve would have appreciated... but no one remembers him any more.

I do hope the movie has all the extras that weren't in the original film release. I saw them once on a TV presentation... but I'll be switched if I remember 'em.

I was 17 when the movie came out, and I'm damned satisfied I've survived this long! And I intend to continue to go on. I plan to live forever.
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Would love to see it on the big screen, but that's not likely to happen in this country. I was too young when it came out - only 5 years old! I think I saw it for the first time around 1980.
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As mentioned, the run time on Fandango would suggest the 2001 cut and mix - it's certainly been exhibited in this format before in Los Angeles.

However, it seems that more recent screenings have been the theatrical cut and mix. I wouldn't trust the Fandango info just yet.
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Exactly. The runtime listed on the site could simply be a placeholder. Which is why I’m wondering!

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They usually time these theatrical re-releases to coincide with a big Blu-ray/4K release a couple weeks after.  Early word at The Digital Bits website is that a 4K release of the original theatrical version of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE is set for sometime in October/November, so it's a good chance that this will be the version in theaters as well.  

Fingers crossed... I usually don't give a hoot about any revised sound mixes, but the "Tinkling Crystals Special Edition" of SUPERMAN is certainly a grating ear-sore!



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Hopefully it will be playing in my area...
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I don't really know which thread would be appropriate for this but I didn't feel it deserved it's own thread.  I'm not even sure what point is to be made but it has me a bit confused.  I've long railed against the various costumes they've come up with for Superman since Reeve but he makes even the new thing look good.  Maybe it hasn't been the suit?  I thought Routh and Cavill were no Reeve but had their merits but seeing Reeve in the new suit looking so good...is Cavill not as close as I thought?
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Posted: 27 September 2018 at 1:12pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

It’s still Omega the Unknown with a Superman emblem pasted on.
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Re: Cavill. Christopher Reeve gave us Superman as a beaming Boy Next Door, which is exactly right.

Cavill’s Superman is a brooding, tortured soul, which is exactly wrong.

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Mr. Byrne is right. Superman is not a Marvel character.
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Marvel's character's are brooding and tortured?

In my book, Chris Reeve is as good as we've seen so far, in terms of any superhero, not just Superman. He looked the part and he totally understood the character. Without him, even with the other creatives involved, we probably would not have had such a faithful version.
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Peter M. - They certainly seem to be brooding and tortured. Especially in comparison to DC super heroes (although that seems to have been leveling out a little in recent years.)
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Marvel's character's are brooding and tortured?

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Ben Grimm. Bruce Banner. Peter Parker. Scott Summers. Doctor Doom.

The sunshine boys!

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In my book, Chris Reeve is as good as we've seen so far, in terms of any superhero, not just Superman. He looked the part and he totally understood the character. Without him, even with the other creatives involved, we probably would not have had such a faithful version.

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Reeve actually took steps to ensure the costume was accurate. The costume "designer" put an "S" on the belt buckle. Reeve pointed out that was not correct.

Later versions cared not, of course.

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Didn’t want to start another thread for this, but it should be noted that Fathom Events will also be setting up theatrical screenings of BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM on November 12.
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Confirmed dates are Nov. 25, Nov. 27 and Dec. 3... and it will be the original theatrical version!







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...and it will be the original theatrical version!
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As it should be, for an anniversary event like these! 

I must go to one of these screenings!
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Looks like the closest participating theater to me will be about 40 minutes away... but dammit, it's gonna be worth it!

(And for the record:  For myriad different reasons, there will be weeping.)





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